Lowell Catholic recently celebrated the first graduating class of its Elementary Division with the 8th Grade Achievement Celebration.
After opening remarks by Head of School Maryellen DeMarco and a student welcome by eighth-grader Nikolas Smith, students and their families enjoyed a luncheon.
Dan Price, associate principal of elementary education, recognized students who excelled in several academic courses and awarded certificates for outstanding contributions in the classroom. Awards were also presented for achievements in standardized testing, and Presidential Education Awards were given for overall educational excellence.
Lowell Catholic, because it is a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, has a mission of building a student's strong sense of character and personal development. In honor of those values, several new awards were created to recognize students who most stood out among their class.
The Spirit of the Class Award was presented to Antonia Mukiibi for being positive, joyful and supportive to all of her classmates.
The St. Joseph the Worker Award was presented to Lena Lam of Lowell for her extraordinary effort in the classroom.
The St. Margaret Legacy Award was presented to Katherine McMahon of Lowell for demonstrating charity, strong character and commitment to unity, much like St. Margaret of Scotland.
The Franco American Legacy Award was awarded to Caitlin Tully of Lowell, who demonstrated respect and care for others, accepts all students, and uses her gifts to serve others.
The final award, the Xaverian Award, was presented to Rowan Ruggiero for his consistent demonstration of the Xaverian values of simplicity, humility, compassion, zeal and trust.
The eighth-grade class also enjoyed a class dinner/dance and a class trip to Canobie Lake Park. Graduation took place at Saint Margaret's Church on June 5, with 28 members of Lowell Catholic Elementary School's class of 2017.